The Brooke Point football team has no star players, not even any particularly impressive individual stats -- the Stafford County school's leading rusher this season has barely exceeded 300 total yards.
But after five years of mediocrity since its last playoff berth in 2000 -- including three consecutive seasons ending with a 4-6 record -- Brooke Point is once again a playoff contender in the Virginia AAA Commonwealth District. After losing their season opener to Osbourn, the Black-Hawks (6-1, 3-0) have reeled off six consecutive wins heading into a showdown Friday night with No. 13 Massaponax (8-0, 4-0). The Black-Hawks close the season Nov. 4 with another team that has lost just once, Colonial Forge.
"It's been a great start for our kids," Coach Jeff Berry said. "They haven't complained about putting in the extra work or anything like that. . . . This week will be a big test, though. We will learn a lot about our team."
Senior quarterback Matt Cavalier has thrown for 892 yards to lead an efficient offense that has benefited from the work of a tough defense. The Black-Hawks are allowing 7.5 points per game.
For the veteran-laden Brooke Point squad, the hot start has been justification for a year of hard work and a feeling that this team could be special. While the district has produced the past three state runners-up in AAA Division 5 (Stafford in 2002, Massaponax in 2003 and North Stafford in 2004), Brooke Point has struggled to get out of the middle of the pack. This year, the Black-Hawks have already beaten North Stafford twice.
"We've just had the feeling since the offseason that we could do something different," said junior wide receiver Tim Turner, who has 400 receiving yards this season. "We decided as a team that we've got to change something. We made things happen."